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minr of israel. mr. prime minister, welcome. nice to see you. long time no see. what was your reaction when you heard morsi's hateful words? >> well, good evening. i think these are certainly obnoxious expressions. it's certainly raising serious questions about the attitude of this person. i hope that while he's now president of egypt that he will understand the responsibility of this part of his job and the effect that this has on relations between israel and egypt and he has to adjust himself to the realities of the relations that existed for the last 30 years between israel and egypt. >> his statements were ugly, his tone ugly, the words he chose to use anti-semitic and racist, and yet they show a great frustration with the israeli-arab peace, the status of the two-state negotiations. it appears, doesn't it to you, prime minister, that we get further and further away from mid yeast peace with every day, every week, every month, every year that passes? >> nothing that develops -- or that does not develop in the context of the relations between israel and the palestinians justifies wh
information on israel and syria, and the escalating tensions there. and breaking news from yesterday on "studio b." a lineman -- rare winter tornadoes. they're saying just how much damage the storms left behind. we'll have the weather and the rest of the news after this. >>> the deadly storm system that killed at least three people in the south and knocked out power to thousands and destroyed dozens of homes. the scene now in calhoun, georgia, where a tornado tore through the area and destroyed much of this area. the tornado cut a 16-mile path, a half mile wide. angelique from our station in the atlanta year is with us from adairsville, georgia. how much damage there is? >> it's been incredible damage here. the police chief just did a briefing and told us the number now is at $75 million. he says it's about 95 structures. when you look at the houses and businesses that have been affected. 31 of those just totally destroyed. >> shepard: yesterday we heard reports of people trapped in damaged homes. everybody accounted for now? >> i've heard a lot of stories today of survival, and the
concerned about sending f-16s to egypt would be israel. where are the pro israel lobbies on these -- >> it's quite interesting. i've talked to a lot of the -- a lot of people think there's only one pro israel lobby. there's one dominant one but there's many others, and also members of these groups, and i guarantee if i went to any of their general membership meetings, the pro israel americans are with me on this issue. but they need to call their leadership because many of your pro israel groups are lobbying against me in washington. they're lobbying for sending weapons to a country that very well could be an enemy of egypt -- i mean an enemy of israel and has been an enemy of israel, and i think if they're membership knew these people were up here conspiring in washington to send more weapons to egypt, and then israel has to have then more weapons times two, i think most pro israel americans would be upset to offend out the lobbying groups are lobbying against israel's best interests. >> the one i'm thinking of is ai pac. they were in favor of these going to egypt? >> you better ask them
in the iran nuclear showdown as the rogue nation backs up serious threats to retaliate against israel. a very busy 24, 48 hours we'll tell you about it. randy travis's trouble with the law. could the country music star wind up spending serious time behind bars? it he is all "happening now." jenna: not a flattering mug shot of randy travis, that shot, right? jon: not something you put on an album cover. jenna: we'll have the latest. our big story, happening now the president's pick to lead the pentagon is facing his critics. i'm jenna lee. jon: good to have you back after a week away. jenna: hope you missed me desperately. jon: yes we did. i'm jon scott. whether chuck hagel will be confirmed as defense secretary the republican taking questions from his former colleagues on the senate armed services committee. many in his own party criticizing him ever sips his nomination was announced saying is not sufficiently pro-israel and he needs to be. he is criticized for his quotes on the jewish lobby and gay rights. no matter what he said in the past his world view has stayed the same. >> my overall w
israel. in a 2006 interview with aaron david miller hagel said the following, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people here. i am not an israeli senator i am a u.s. senator. hagel favored direct talks with iran and is one of two senators to vote against sanking iran. many are questioning the president's choice. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran sanctions won't work that it is negotiating hamas which is an organization terrorist group that lobbed thousands of rockettes into israel. >> his defenders point to his two purple hearts in vietnam. >> chuck hague elt is a tremendous patriot served incred before i in vietnam and served as a senator. he hasn't had a chance to speak for himself. so why all of the prejudging? i don't know. the senate rejected 9 cabinet nominations since 1834. the last was john towers the nominee for secretary of defense in 1989. back to you in new york. >> you know it's
much for your thoughts today. appreciate your time. >> a big election coming up in israel, what it means for them and for us, straight ahead. i gave birth to my daughter on may 18th, five days later, i had a massive heart attack. bayer aspirin was the first thing the emts gave me. now, i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. before you begin an aspirin regimen. we replaced people with a machine.r, what? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it? hello? hello?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello? ally bank. your money needs an ally. >> israel will hold crucial elections january 22. benjamin netanyahu facing perhaps the political fight of his life. itali bennett is a rise -- nast ali bennett is a rising force. and the conflict with the palestinians, with no sign of ending. what is the impact of the election on those of us here in the united states. we have the deputy speaker of the israeli knesset and a member of the liku
into egypt, threaten israel. there were very important reasons why we were there, not just the state department, but other government agencies. whether or when we go back will depend upon the security situation. >> all of that and much more ahead. but first, on the heels of president obama blasting rush limbaugh and fox news, democratic senator mary landrieu taking a shot of her own at fox. >> i am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget, which by the way, is not out of control, despite what you hear on fox news. >> so is this trend going to continue? what do they get out of it? former speaker of the house, newt gingrich is here. at least president obama and senator landrieu put the straw man up there, apparently, fox news is their straw man. >> they're very different arguments. mary landrieu's argument, with all due respect is nuts. the idea that discretionary spending's not too high, the idea that this government's not too big, the idea that the deficit isn't too large, this is not a fox news problem, this is a wash politician problem. i think they can try to find somebo
jets and tanks to a leader whose only two enemies he's said in the past are israel and the united states. >> we should be considering cutting off the economic aid. we should be considering cutting off both the aircraft and the tanks. their primary use is going to be against israel. >> we have to examine all forms of aid that are being extend today egypt and a lot of it should depend on mr. morsi's behavior. >> it's consistent with what we found out is actually this administration's foreign policy, the foreign policy is, what difference does it make? >> illegal immigration bad for america, and the fact is we have 11 million people in this country more or less that are undocumented and i don't know anyone that's happy about that. >> iranian police first arrested the pastor in 2009 for spreading christianity and abdeane says the iranian government prognosis promises and agreed. and she says she was blind sided by her husband's current arrest, he was arrested for attempting-- >> dead spin.com reported there was no girlfriend and that manti te'o was part after hoax and he was the victi
plausible enemy which you would use f-16s and stanks israel. >> greta: who gets the money from this? who is making all the money from this purchase? >> i don't know whether they are surplus or corporations in america that are building them. i just don't know the answer to that. >> in either case, there are lots of other markets in the world. egypt is very bad place to send weapons. >> greta: why would we do that? >> to prop up the egyptian government. >> greta: why would we do that? we have hillary clinton on the topic, is it money or political? >> originally we were doing it because the agreement was reached under mubarak when he was dictator and part of a long term relationship with egypt which had been very supportive of israel. now it's a different world and i suspect our bureaucracy hasn't caught up with reality. there is no other plausible --. >> greta: egypt is not being threatened by any neighbor. israel is not -- >> you got deserts to the west, deserts to the west and east. >> they want to brag and say, we have f-16s and tanks or they want to use them against somebody. >> they h
israel for airstrike inside syria wednesday. syria says israel hit a research facility. conor powell is sorting through things in jerusalem. >> syria's bloody civil war could be on the brink of expanding beyond the borders. as assad regime vowed to retaliation on airstrike on weapons convoy inside syria. u.s. officials confirm the strike on the convoy which was believed to be carrying sophisticated russian made fa-17. surface-to-air missiles from syria to t hezbollah fighters in lebanon. world leaders have long feared that the chaos of the syrian civil war would lead to transfer of weapons to extremist groups. syria denied weapons and claimed that israeli jets attacked a military facility outside damascus. syria's ally iran said there would be repercussions for israel. russia called the strike unjustified attack. >> translator: this is a serious breach. this is unacceptable action against >> reporter: the white house has not publicly commented on the attack but the pentagon officials tell fox news the u.s. was given a heads up from israel. despite the saber rattling, so far, syria an
threatening to retaliate against israel after israeli forces launched an airstrike inside syria taking out what they were say sophisticated surface-to-air missiles bound for the terror group hezbollah in lebanon. remember a few days ago a top iranian official said any attack on syria would be deemed an attack on iran. boy, this one could get very tense. we're watching it closely. kt will join us on that one. bill: a little bit under the radar so to speak. we'll see what happens next. we're getting going. minutes from now the confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel starts in washington. first we will talk with someone doing the questioning. oklahoma senator jim inhofe will join us. is happy with hagel? you will hear from him. martha: just hours after a report that the economy actually shrunk for the first time in years this quarter, the white house says it knows why this happened. wait until you hear who they are blaming. bill: there is outrage in the city of chicago. gun violence claiming the life of a promising teenager just back from the inauguration in washington,
netanyahu has been elected, his party in israel. the thinking was that it wouldn't be that close. well, it was. in fact, it was extremely close. and benjamin netanyahu has thanked the people of israel for voting for him. but there is much more ahead. in fact, the quote is, i thank the people of israel for re-electing me, forming a coalition government, though, in israel may be a difficult task, as the margin of victory was not what many thought. live pictures coming in now. let's listen to kriv in houston. >> reporter: let's listen to that. >> i was walking to my next class and... and then i saw... about three guys, just arguing. but i thought that you were just being loud and playing. after i passed by them, i just heard 5 to 10 shots, pop, pop, pop... and that's all. i thought somebody was knocking at the door with a hammer or something. but then i looked behind me, i saw about 50 people just running, crying and you know-- >>> we are going to leave that. you may have noticed, this is a live shot of a person in custody wearing what appears to be a blue sweater, in handcuffs. we saw th
antagonistic view against israel. and the criticism. as iran becomes increasingly hostile and gains influence in the region, the worst possible message we could send to our friend israel and the rest of our allies in the middle east is chuck hagel. several democratic senators including dick durbin saying that hagel will be a fine candidate for that job. >> hagel was a republican senator from nebraska, a decorated veteran of the vietnam war. a person who has a resume' that includes service on the foreign relations committee as well as the intelligence committee. yes, he's a serious candidate. if the president chooses to name him. >> chief washington correspondent james rosen has details. what has senator hagel said about israel that has so many people upset. >> in a taped interview with aaron david miller, the diplomate served six secretaries of state and a commentator on the middle east, said, quote, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people on capitol hill. he subsequently said he should have spoken of the israel lobby, but hagel has favored direct talks with iran and at one poi
will defend his record on israel. he has been over supporter of israel and security requirements and spoke out forcefully and written about it in the book and critic of israelis and that's part of the job. >> president obama said he sees nothing to disqualify hagel. >> thank you very much. looks like fireworks ahead. pressure is mounting on lawmakers about the egypt's ties to muslim brotherhood and if the hardware would be used against israel. our government is planning to sendifier yets other aid. it is courtesy of the american taxpayer. the deal that was signed when former egyptian president hosni mubarak was in charge. joins us is vice chief of staff . along with the senior fellow of the hoover institute. general, it is no secret that egypt president mursey is a long time member of the muslim brotherhood and waged a power grab. it was done when we knew we had a strong ally in mubarak. >> we have leverage with a billion in aid and continues to arm and train the emanagement. morsi wants the deal that mubarak. he would support the foreign policy the peace treaty and help with the radicals and
of israel. he has not been a friend to israel and in my view the united states should stand unshakeably with the nation of israel and he has consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies. with respect to the nation of iran he has opposed sanctions over and over again and the job of the secretary of defense is to b be a serious credible strength and deterrent and unfortunately i think weakness in a secretary of defense invites conflict because bullies don't respect weakness. the problem withb lem with hagel on the issue of israel? >> he has rehe peteedly placed all of the blame on israel in dispute after dispute and dispute and in fact publicly said u.s. policy is dependent on what he calls the israel lobby which is a pejorative term that i think does not reflect the realities of the strong u.s. national security interest in maintaining that alliance. >> that statement that he made was to aaron david miller a former u.s. diplomat. i was going to save this for the panel but maybe we could bring it up now. here is what he said regarding i israel and it was quoted in his new b
, including iran, cuba and israel have been completely at odds with u.s. interests. the congresswoman, the chairperson of the house foreign affairs committee and joins us now. >> thank you. >> kelly: i looked at a concerns you and your colleagues have about the nomination of former republican senator chuck hagel to be the new secretary of defense. for example, you have concerns, i understand about the statements he's made in the past on iran, israel, cuba and how he reportedly would like to even cut military spending and perhaps hallow out the fort. and what can this nominee do to ease your concerns as well as those of your republican colleagues? >> well, i think that people should be judged by their past actions and when i was the chair of affairs and now middle east and subcommittee chair i've been working on the issue of iran sanctions many a year and found chuck hagel to be a person who cannot be relied upon for a positive vote in favor of sanctions. now, there are only so many tools in our diplomatic toolbox to use defenagainst rog nations and sanctions is one of the effective to
's committed to keeping peace with israel. i want to take a moment and remind our president before he delivers the remaining parts of the deal to morsi, exactly who he's dealing with, mohammed morsi is a muslim brotherhood member, a 9/11 truther, called the israelis descendents of apes and pigs and called them vampires and killers and stands with the palestinians and told an iranian news agency he'll reconsider the camp david accord and pushed through a sharia focused constitution and one more thing, mr. president, he called you a liar and america the enemy. here with the reaction of the troubling story former new york mayor rudy guiliani. you know the first questions that come to my mind are, why would anyone give these planes when they likely will be used to attack israel? >> it's hard to figure out exactly what else they could be used for. explain to me where egypt is threatened. egypt is not threatened by saudi arabia, egypt is not threatened by iran. egypt is not threatened by russia, china, the united states. what conceivable reason would they have for these jets other than to do somethi
on israel are a hot topic. >> whoever is nominated for secretary of defense is going to have to have a full understanding of our close relationship with our israeli allies, the iranian threat and the importance of having a robust military. whoever that is, i think will be given a thorough vetting and if hagel is nominated he will be subjected to the same kinds of review of his credentials as anyone else. >> this is in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding pentagon little if any. so i think its controversial choice. >> jamie: would hagel survive a senate hearing? let's bring in ron bongene and margie o'meara. great to see both of you. it seems like both sides of the aisle agree that senator hagel can get a fair hearing but why is he best choice from democrats point of view? >> i think it's a strong choice from a really united american point of view. he earned two purple hearts. he is a republican senator who has not been part of the partisan bickering that people have grown to hate here. he ha
message are we sending to israel? i am perplexed that the president has nominated him. >> i want to ask questions about those positions. i am not comfortable -- yet -- i want to ask him questions about those two issues. >> shannon: senators kelley iiot and richard blue menthal are both apprehensive about the president's choice for secretary of state. i sat down with chris wallace to chat about that revealing conversation. the president has offered up a number of nominations for key positions and you had two senators to talk about the nominations of former senator hagel. >> that will be a tough nomination. we had two members of the armed services committee, which will hold hearings. iiot is very concerned with the positions that hagel has stated and voted in years as a senator on iran, on israel, on defense cuts, on a variety of issues. and she indicated that at this point, that she is leaning against him. and he is going to have to persuade her in one-on-one meetings, the nominees meet with each of the members of the committee and in the committee hearings. but she said, he's going to h
antiaircraft and weapons. and he said this is israel's warning to the president and his regime that they will not tolerate any weapons for israel's destruction. if this happened, it's certainly an escalation. and there's some degree of confusion around this. >> it is, and before we talk about this at all, we have to remember, we're dealing with one government, the israelis, that never admit some of this action that they carry out and we're dealing with another government, the syrians, who habitually lie. we have to look at all of this. two reports, the first that this convoy, carrying amount i aircraft weapons, was struck near damascus to beirut highway, near the border, and that seems to be the most reliable sources talking about that particular attack. and then the syrian state tv has announced that no, this was in fact an attack on a military research center in the suburb of damascus. that's what they're saying has happened. and the israelis as i said, not of confirming or denying any of this. but any expert you talk to, shep, will tell you this is about hezbollah in lebanon
about israel. in 2006 he gave an interview tomorrow toer middle east envoy aaron david miller. hagel said the following. >> the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up there. i'm a united states senator. i'm a united states senator. >> reporter: hagel favors direct talks with iran and as well as hamas. and he was one of two senators to vote against sanctioning iran. >> he consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies, with respect to the nation of iran. he has opposed sanctions over and over again and the job of the secretary of defense is to be a serious, credible strength and deterrent and, unfortunately i think weakness in a secretary of defense invites could not flick because bulllies don't respect weakness. >> reporter: his defenders point out that chuck hagel valiantly in vietnam. he received two purple hearts there. knows what war is all about but his critics pipt out that was against the surge in iraq. he called it the biggest foreign policy mistake. he warned it would be the biggest foreign policy mistake since vietnam. obviously the surge turned out differ
to the israel lobby, he has come under fire from the left, or some -- anti-gay comments, perceived that way by a lot of people. does that make a potential confirmation battle even more difficult for him. >> you are killed by a thousand cuts, politically, or businesswise. obviously, you pointed out two or three cuts, if there will be more, it will be difficult. it will be a difficult nomination to be confirmed. but we will have to wait and see. i can't predict, as i said. but obviously, it will be probably some people say, tough going. >> he has a reputation, correct me if i am wrong, as an iconoclast. some have said the controversial comments may be him pushing the envelope of outside-the-box thinking. is that a rationalization for the comments he has made? >> probably so. you have to remember he is a combat veteran. he was in the reagan cabinet. he was a deputy secretary of veterans afairks i believe. he -- affairs, i believe. he has been a two-term senator. served on the intelligence committee with me. he served on the banking committee. he has been around. he understands the system. will
big questions about his commitment to supporting our principal ally namely the state of israel. >> talking about chuck hagel. his comments about israel and about iran and hamas, one of hagel's supporters we quoted on friday, steve clemens was on our show today, quote, there seems to be an effort by israel and supporters over and over to continue to run resolutions to say, how much do you love me america? do you love me today, do you love me tomorrow and do you love me again. i am supportive of israel but i'm not going to zero game between israel and neighbors, but also have vital national security relationships with the united states let's bring in our panel. steve hayes, juan williams and charles krauthammer. steve? >> i think the quote you read is offensive. its clownish view of what people have been arguing both with respect to protecting national security but the threat that iranian poses to the united states of america. i think one of the areas in which hagel has shown himself to be president obama's left, and he has in a variety of different places, is the question of ira
: all right, thank you, i think, bill. from the cold weather to the cold shoulder in israel. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu returned to office, but ever so barely. so a day after we inaugurate a u.s. president, with whom mr. netanyahu has had chilly relations, he survives to fight another day n. tel aviv, we have the implications of all of this. >> reporter: neil, right now, if the exit polls hold, we will see israeli prime minister netanyahu with a third term, but a very weak prime minister. it is not winner take all here. we will break down how it works here. their 120 members in the kines kines -- knesset. and they break down how many votes each party gets. mr. netanyahu got 31 seats, you need 60-plus one, meaning 61 to form a government. mr. netanyahu in his usual groups of friends got many less than they were expected to. the exit polls put them at 61 seats, which makes you a very weak prime minister. now begins the horse trading, over the next coming week, we will see mr. netanyahu make a lot of tough choices. he promised the nationalistic party he won't make a peace
from israel and from afghanistan, john mccain and kelly ayotte and other senators who just returned from visiting in egypt with morsi to discuss these very issues. the people of egypt and morsi in particular know that continuing a relationship with israel is key to u.s. foreign aid, that there needs to be a strong military commitment in israel specifically to protect the sinai because we know that weapons are being shipped up through the sinai to gaza to hamas. so, this is, as you say, a continuation of a previous agreement, it is going to continue and even the people of israel agree it's important to make sure that the egyptian military is strong, but egypt needs to continue its commitment to the camp david accord. >> sean: but senator johnson, the egyptian military now, some of the key leaders that we thought were more moderate, they're gone. morsi has gotten rid of them and now give them f-16 fighter jets and tanks, i've got to be honest, sometimes i wonder, this guy was a former terrorist in the muslim brotherhood. help me out, how does this-- how does this strategically work fo
is a terrific plane and i am very concerned and i think it is a mistake. we do have to talk to israel about this . this deal we did was with mubarack and not morsi. morsi has said terrible thing past . i think it is a mistake. i think we need to talk more to israel about what they could believe. they could be used against israel and potentially against us. >> congressman, they are pushing for the u.s. to hold back further aid until it is clear that morsi government proved it is not beholden to the muslim brotherhood; is that realistic at this point? >> yes, it is a valid concern. i would contend looking at foreign aid. we know the mistakes of the united states in the past we end up arming the wrong side in thingings. look at afghanistan over a decade period or even more recently in libya where we still today as far as i am concerned, according to our interviews and hearing with secretary clinton, i want to know whether or not the weapons that we are supplying to the libyan rebels had anything to do with that consulate in benghazi. we see it time and time again. we need to be more strangent
nt anti-israel? we'll ask one of the more prominent voteses in the pro-israeli community. we have the head of the anti-defamation league. we'll talk to him at 9:30 a.m. eastern time. martha: fox news alert. the possibility of broad new gun control laws coming your way. the white house is considering multiple new regulations that go way beyond just a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, much discussed in the wake of what happened in newtown, connecticut of course. now according to "the washington post" democrats want universal background checks and a national database that would track all gun sales. they also want to strengthen mental health checks and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors. this obviously comes in the wake of that horrific story carried out about three weeks ago in newtown connecticut. but many lawmakers say this proposal they believe, does not solve the issues at hand and it goes too far. republican senator ted cruz says that the newtown tragedy is being exploited he feels. >> within minutes we saw politicians run
might have used that as cover for a military attack on israel. hagel said the u.s. is should talk to hamas. he opposed declaring hezbollah a terrorist organization and also said this is the quote the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. senator ayotte, how troubled are you by the hagel nomination? >> let me say this i'm very he troubled. i think that the hearings on this nomination are going to be consequential. i have not made up my mind but here s where we are. you put up his prior positions. it makes me wonder and perplexes me why the president nominated senator hagel. one of the things that troubles me that you didn't put up s also the reaction of iran. one of the greatest threats that we face is that iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. some of the prior statements seem to suggest that he thinks we could contain iran. well, that is against 99 senators we recently voted and richard blumenthal is a great supporter of that that our policy cannot be to contain a nuclear armed iran. iran this week kind of reacted favorably some what. some statements favorable to the nomin
their biggest threat. the escalating violence now raising serious concerns about israel's security. leland vittert is in go land heights, an area between israel and syria. are the rebels making any gains? >> reporter: right now so far there is a lot of bang, bang, that's what we are seeing in the video the rebels are posting online. not a lot of strategic games. the rebels are tries trying to lay siege to three to four regime air bases in the north that are used to bomb rebel position and also resupply government troops. these one of the things the rebels are trying to deny. the government forces are hitting back and so far have repullsed these rebels in each one of the instances. the thing to note when you're watching the video is how much better armed the rebels are because they've stolen weapons from the government cases they've taken over before and who the fighters are is increasing a lot of concern around the middle east and the world. as we're learning the best fighter inside of syria are the al-qaida syndicate groups, al-qaida traders in iraq or the jihaddists, foreign fighters bro
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was announcing israel would have to act. i think obama is going to have to face that either to prevent the israelis in some way or to give a red light or to think of contingencies israelis attacked how the u.s. will react. >> you will likely see senator kerry take over for senator clinton likely a shoe in. chuck hagel may have a bumpyer ride but will likely be confirmed as secretary of defense. you see a different foreign policy with those people key positions for president obama's second term? >> no question about it. first and foremost what you see not only with kerry but with john brennan now playing a key role is there is more of an effort to one slim down the size of the defense and military footprint the united states has worldwide. i think that is on the democratic budget side that is a priority. slim down spending. as a matter of foreign policy that the military and use of military force should not be the first option. i think that is what you see from hagel and kerry. of course the reinvention the cia will change as well as part of the equation. let me say that i think the adm
benjamin netanyahu scrambling tonight to form a new government in israel, following the big losses for the laqud party yesterday. new centrist party had a surprisingly strong showing in israel and could force a more earnest push for peace-making with the palestinians. the obama administration is equipping egypt with state-of-the-art weaponry despite the government's open hostility toward israel. shannon bream are telling us what you are spending the equipagess now. >> four american f-16 fighter jets are in egypt as a foreign age pact that some republican lawmakers believe should be reconsidered. in light of history of anti-semitic remarks by mohammed morsi. former head of the muslim brotherhood. >> we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred toward the jews. and all those who support them. >> morsi mocked president obama after his 2009 cairo speech. >> he uttered many lives he couldn't have fulfilled a single word even if he were sincere, which he is not. >> the military aid package part of a deal struck with then egyptian president hosni mubarak in 2010 in
the muslim brotherhood took over in egypt it raised alarms in the west and israel. why did the u.s. just send cairo four f-16 fighter jets with plans to send even more in the future? is this really the best strategy right now? >> growing controversy for egypt. they conformed the delivery of f-16 fighter jets bound for cairo. it is part of a deal back in 2010. that was before the country's revolution and the rise to power of the muslim brotherhood. kt mcfarland is a fox news analyst and she joins us with more. thank you juror joining us. >> even president obama said the alliance with the u.s. was solid during hmubarek's reign. the deal had already been approved congress could only have been rescinded by president obama. why did he choose to allow it to go through? >> there are three reasons this is a really bad idea. number one, we are having a national debate on guns and we have determined that you don't want to put dangerous weapons in the hands of unstable people. why are we putling it in the hands of unstable country likely egypt right now. it has political and economic chaos. the second r
was in the senate, about israel. in a 2006 interview with former middle east convoy david miller, hagel said the following: >> i'm a united states senator. i'm a united states senator. [inaudible] >> hagel favored direct talks with iran and is one of two senators to vote against sanctioning iran. members of the senate armed services committee are questioning the president's choice. >> hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization, terrorist group that lobbed thousands of rockets into israel. >> his defenders point to his two purple hearts in vietnam. >> hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman, served incredibly in vietnam, served this country as a united states senator. he hasn't had a chance to speak for himself. why all the prejudging, i don't know. >> the senate officially rejected nine cabinet nominations since 1834. the last cabinet nominee r
an arduous confirmation. if these really are president obama's own personal views on how to deal with israel, what to do about the iranian nuclear weapons program or what not to do about it, i think that's very, very troubling and a marker of what the next four years will look like. >> the one that seems of most concern to americans is chuck hagels former position, maybe president obama's position, on israel. >> right. i think hagel has said really remarkable things, things that i think frankly border on outright anti-semitism so that's going to be a major subject of his confirmation hearing. maybe we'll see what used to be called a confirmation conversion where he attempts to recant those statements. he's done that on another subject, his view of gays and lesbians in public life. he says he has changed his view. he certainly hadn't said anything on that until just before his apparent nomination. so whether he sticks by what he said publicly or whether he recants is going to make for interest confirmation hearing. >> one of the things that leon panetta brought to the post and still does is t
to answer questions about past comments he made about israel and gays. and john brennan picked to lead the c.i.a. will have to answer questions to link to enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. jeff sessions and others coming out against jack lew for treasury-secretary. sessions says he believes lew 2010 budget testimony before congress was, quote, the most colossal misrepresentation in history. listen. >> i just had one vote on it. i do think the senate needs to push back against this idea that people can come before our committee and say anything they want to inaccurately and two years later want to be promoted to a higher office in our country really in the world. the secretary of treasury and we shouldn't treat that lightly. he needs to be held to account in my opinion. >> arthel: in order to get these nominees appointed, will president obama l have on to expend a lot of capital? former outreach director for john mckay and christy is director of new heights communications. good to see both of you. christy, i'm going to start with you today. should the senate ch
, as the fighting rages on in syria, neighboring israel is taking steps to protect itself from extremist groups operating just across the border. >> this is the only thing protecting israel, a rusted barb wire fence. and now the new syrian border, 25 feet tall, steel reinforced and with raiser wire on top. >> the full report from israel's border with syria ahead on "the fox report." al jars just bought its way into millions of american homes with current tv. al gore co-founded the left leaning network in 2005. he even worked as a political analyst during its recent election night coverage. the network has struggled to bring in ratings and al jazz reportedly plays about $5 million to snap up current which it plans to change into it will call al jazeera, america. the move could put al jazeera in as many as 40 million households increasing american presence nearly 10 fold. one major cable provider already has pulled the plug. correspondent jonathan hunt live from our new york newsroom. jonathan, this is a major step forward for al jazeera. >> yeah, any way you cut it, it is is certainly that this
calling for the destruction of israel. the recent assassination of the head of hamas was reported as an assassination. we have a war going on in afghanistan. they accuse president obama of assassination for electoral reason autos when you say they. >> sean: meaning al jazeera. >> one of their radical common tateors we're talking about al jazeera arabic. al jazeera english is a different entity from arabic. i remember when i first got hired by al jazeera. bill o'reilly, your colleague had me on, going on and on about things al jazeera arabic had done. i said you're talking about a different channel here. he didn't want to hear it until i reminded him star news owned by rupert murdock had gone on its knees to the communist regime in china bill's response was star news is a different channel. my point exactly. it is funded by the royal family of qatar. they do fund developmental projects in hamas-run gaz yachl they do support the muslim brotherhood government. but this does not. >> sean: a terror organization they called the israelies, accused them of assassination of a terrorist ark
to not a freedom movement to a theocracy with the muslim brotherhood who is a sworn enemy of israel and 9 united states. we need to suspend the issue of giving him foreign aid as well as weapons. >> sean: they are claiming they made that deal. they made the deal back in 2010. president didn't have a problem reneging on the canadian pipeline, why couldn't do the do it here. giving weapons to radicals? >> i have talked to some individuals both israeli government and our government. the one respected institution in egypt is the egyptian military. the generals that were in charge of the egyptian military have been replaced to now have generals that are sympathetic to the muslim brotherhood. i would say we should suspend all aid to the egyptian military unless we see a regime change. >> sean: we're giving these jets free and tanks free and giving them $1.5 billion tax payer dollars. >>> we have to understand it's not a theology, it's an ideology and historically it's been militant. any time you have an islamic theocracy, it is going to not be tolerant of western secularism and it's going to be oppres
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